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Sometimes the weather does not cooperate, but for Grains & Taps, it was perfect for their 2017 Blarney Brew Off. Homebrewers from near and a bit far came into Lee’s Summit to share their creations. From Peanut Butter Porters to Ciders made with local honey to beer being served out of a jester’s hat, I’m always impressed with the creativity from local homebrewers.
It was a last minute visit for me. I was at the Brookside Parade, but the pictures on social media from the homebrewers had me convinced I need to check out the Brew Off. Grains & Taps was nice enough to let me sneak in to take some photos and try a few beers.
Two large tents were put up for attendees to shade themselves with dozens of homebrewers surrounding the tents, live band Gorilla Dance Club, and with your ticket you got a t-shirt, tasting glass, and a meal provided by Frankie Farelane’s/Stuey McBrew’s. I was only there for about an hour, but I got to talk with old friends (Not Lost Brewing, Scouting the Taps, KC Hop Talk) and make some new ones (Lost Art Malt House, Cock-a-Doodle Brews, Pithy & Wry).
I would like to express my gratitude to the homebrewers who not only provide beer but their time, their knowledge, and great displays. Not only for this event, but for all the events that have popped up in the past few years. I don’t feel like you guys get enough thanks, so thanks!